[AL SHEIKH JACKSON]
June 25, 2009. Any Michael Jackson fan can tell you where they were on this date, the day the King of Pop died. Director and writer Amr Salama (ASMAA, EXCUSE MY FRENCH, ON A DAY LIKE TODAY) transports us back to that moment through the eyes — and the kaleidoscopic, MTV-inspired dreams — of a young imam (Ahmad Alfishawy) whose devout life is thrown into chaos by Jackson's death. The tabloid event triggers memories of his teen years (played by rising star Ahmed Malek), when he worshiped everything Jackson did, from the "Thriller"-era haircut to the bondage pants from the Bad tour. But Jackson's passing also stirs up emotions around the death of the young cleric's mother and its aftermath, when his gruff father (Maged El Kedwany) offered little support. With the sheikh's past increasingly encroaching on the present, he begins to question not just how to moonwalk but what it means to be a man, to have faith and to be true to oneself. (Note adapted from Toronto International Film Festival.) Official Selection, 2017 Toronto and London film festivals. DIR/SCR Amr Salama; SCR Omar Khaled; PROD Mohamed Hefzy, Hani Osama. Egypt, 2017, color, 93 min. In Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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